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Nortel (Northern Telecom) and MCI Systemhouse Team to Market and Deliver New Millennium Kiosk Solutions
(PR Newswire; 06/08/98)

    DALLAS, June 8 /PRNewswire/ - Nortel (Northern Telecom) and MCI Systemhouse 
today announced a teaming agreement that enables the two companies to jointly 
market and deliver Nortel's new Millennium Kiosk solutions. This new 
relationship between two market leaders in telecommunications products and 
information technology services enables Nortel and MCI Systemhouse to deliver a 
full service public access solution that can be customized to meet the unique 
needs of any enterprise. The Nortel Millennium Kiosks offer new methods of 
generating revenue and provide organizations with a cost-effective way to bring 
their products and services to a greater number of people.

    The new Millennium Kiosk provides users with quick access to a virtual 
storefront that can offer information, goods, and services 24 hours a day, 7 
days a week. The kiosk's interactive touch screen makes it easy for individuals 
to access services such as online shopping and banking, electronic mail, news, 
libraries, educational institutions and government services. Millennium Kiosks 
will be located primarily in high pedestrian traffic areas such as shopping 
malls, airports, hotels, sports stadiums, government agencies, universities, 
retail stores, hospitals, banking and healthcare centers.

    Pilot projects involving the Millennium Kiosk solutions are currently 
underway with a number of organizations including an international 
pharmaceutical company and a Bell Canada project with a large Canadian 

    ``MCI Systemhouse is uniquely positioned to leverage the telecommunications 
services expertise of parent MCI in marketing and delivering these 
comprehensive public kiosk solutions,'' said John Jacquay, chief operating 
executive, Regulated Industries Unit, MCI Systemhouse. ``The Millennium Kiosk 
solutions are a key enabling technology for organizations striving to extend 
their customer reach and achieve the benefits of becoming a network enterprise. 
We are pleased to collaborate with Nortel in this important endeavor.''

    MCI Systemhouse will provide network operations management, technical 
support services and project management expertise to assist customers with 
installation, network connectivity and terminal maintenance for Nortel's 
Millennium Kiosk solutions. In addition, MCI Systemhouse will market the 
product to its customers on a worldwide basis.

    The Millennium Kiosk features a networked multimedia computer, touch screen 
monitor, stereo speakers, ergonomically designed keyboard and optional 
peripherals. The kiosk also includes a universal handset to support telephony 
functions. Up to three printers can be included to provide users with airline 
or concert tickets, receipts, coupons, and screen printouts. In addition, 
Nortel's Millennium card reader is conveniently located on the kiosk unit to 
offer customers additional payment choices, such as smart cards and credit 

    Each kiosk terminal is monitored and controlled from a centralized 
location, which makes system management more simple and cost effective. The 
Millennium Kiosks automatically report information to a centralized database 
and perform real-time system updates. In addition, Millennium kiosks are based 
on a set of open standards that are designed to deliver content in the most 
effective way possible. As a result, customers and content developers can use 
standard Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) to develop a customized user 
interface, as well as kiosk applications.

    MCI Systemhouse, The Network Enterprise Company, is MCI's global 
information technology services company. The industry's only single-source 
provider of convergence products and services that address businesses' total 
networking, communications and consulting needs, MCI Systemhouse has 120 
offices and approximately 9,400 professionals worldwide. With a comprehensive 
offering of Network Enterprise solutions and services for the new millennium, 
MCI Systemhouse serves major corporate, mid-sized and public sector clients 
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

    Millennium Advanced Public Access Solutions is part of Nortel Enterprise 
Networks, a business unit of Nortel, a diversified provider of market-leading 
communications equipment, services and network solutions for business, commerce 
and entertainment. Nortel had 1997 revenues of $US 15.5 billion and has 
approximately 73,000 employees worldwide.

SOURCE  Northern Telecom Limited
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    /CONTACT: Frank McNally, Nortel, (703) 712-8374,
frank.mcnally(at); Laura Powers, Nortel, (972) 684-5909,
powersla(at); Mary Keating, MCI Systemhouse, (905) 892-0738,
mkeating(at); More information about Nortel products and authorized
distributors is available from 1-800-4NORTEL (1-800-466-7835) code PR; For
more information about MCI Systemhouse, visit the MCI Systemhouse website at or call 1-800-234-4586; Or visit Nortel's
web-site at
    /Nortel's press releases are also available through CNO-Call by fax at
800-758-5804, ext. 122158 or at
    /Web Site:
    (NTL. NT)

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